All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill
- We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809), The Crisis, no. 4, September 11, 1777
- All it takes for evil men to succeed is for honest men to do nothing.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
- My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900 – 1965), Speech in Detroit, 7 Oct. 1952
- If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906)
- The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech. Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 – )
- Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward. Patricia Sampson
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. RONALD REAGAN, First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981
Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. NELSON MANDELA, speech, April 27, 1995
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. WILLIAM PITT, speech, Nov. 18, 1783
Freedom can be preserved only if it is treated as a supreme principle which must not be sacrificed for particular advantages. FRIEDRICH HAYEK, Law, Legislation and Liberty
We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~Felix Frankfurter
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. ~Thomas Macaulay